I always encourage my brides to take part in classic wedding traditions like “Something Old, Something New, etc.” There’s often a lot of symbolism in the items they choose to showcase, and it’s always fun to watch grandma and mom get nostalgic over whatever it is that you’ve chosen. Here are a few beautiful options for the “something old” part of the equation.
Ideas For “Something Old”
Pretty much every grandma ever has a collection they wish to bestow upon their granddaughter on the day of her wedding. Whether it be a string of pearls, some diamond earrings, a tiara, or even a locket, wearing it as your “something old” is incredibly sentimental. And I guarantee everyone will get emotional over the sight of you wearing it!
A Relative’s Gown
Wear your Mom (or Grandma’s) wedding dress on your big day for something old. And even if you don’t like the style of the dress, ask if you can make alterations to it to better fit your vision. It’s truly amazing how some seamstresses can rework old wedding gowns!
Does your Mom, sister, or Aunt have a pair of incredible vintage shoes from Paris or somewhere where the shopping is just as fabulous? See if you can borrow them for your big day. For example, one of my last clients had the most gorgeous pair of heels that she found in Paris. They’d already been re-soled something like ten times when she got her foot into them, but they were simply beautiful. Her shoes were the highlight of her wedding look!
Your Father’s Tie
If your father passed away or is unable to attend your wedding, use a vintage tie of his to wrap up your wedding bouquet. It’s such a lovely, subtle touch that no one will even notice unless you point it out to them.
If you have older relatives who you would have loved to celebrate with, but were unable to attend for whatever reason, place vintage photos of them around your reception hall. For example, one of my brides had wedding photos from all of her older family members as part of the centerpiece on her table!
A Vintage Car
Borrow your Dad’s vintage car when it’s time to make your exit from the venue at the end of the night. Just make sure your Dad trusts his now son-in-law with his OTHER pride and joy…